Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing a new RM50 note, the second highest denomination in a new design Malaysian currency notes series (3rd series). The new series incorporate new security features and retain some of the existing security features to deter counterfeiting. The new series will circulate alongside the existing series until the existing series are gradually phased out.
The theme of the new series, "Wawasan 2020" reflects Malaysia's economic development and achievement towards a fully developed country. For the RM50 denomination, the background motif depicts the mining sector. This is represented by a central oil drilling platform together with wellhead control valves. In the background are images of oil pipes - symbolic of the many branches of the oil industry. The new series will also use RM as the currency symbol for the Malaysian Ringgit.
The security features of the RM50 denomination are highlighted here as a guide to the public. These features include the security thread with the repeated "BNM RM50" text, three-dimensional watermark portrait, optical variable strip known as "LEADÂ®", anticopy feature known as "PEAKÂ®" and security fibres in the paper. The new RM50 note retains the green and blue predominant colours of the existing design RM50 note. The size of the note is also slightly reduced to facilitate easier handling and to be consistent with size reduction of other denominations in the new series. The intaglio (raised printing) of the portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong is retained as a dominant feature.